Traveling to a foreign country isn’t always the easiest thing in the world. They eat different foods than us (which I fully embrace), they have different traffic laws and in most places, they don’t speak the same language as us. So, unlike most things that may be foreign to us, apps always stay the same. Here are some of the key ones I use when traveling -
First we have the apps that you may not have heard about just yet -
Hopper: Did you ever wonder if there was an app that could tell you the best time to buy a flight? Look no further. Hopper app is the best way to compare flights and it will even tell you the best time to buy them. Snagging a cheap flight always puts me in a better mood.
Loungebuddy: Have a long layover? Loungebuddy lets you see what lounges are located in the airport you’re in and what they cost. When you have a 12 hour layover in Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport, $30 is a small price to pay for a shower, snacks and lounge chairs.
Mpassport (Global) + ZocDoc (Within the US) – Both of these are great apps for finding care when in or outside of the US. ZocDoc is a bit more visually friendly but both do the trick. Just make sure when you are abroad to research what medicine they are prescribing you. Last thing you want is to be taking something your allergic too.
Cool Cousins: Eat, party and explore like a local. If you're anything like me, the typical tourist attractions aren't all that appealing so hearing from locals on the best places to go is a must.
DuoLingo: Don’t want to come across as a completely ignorant American tourist? Use Duo Lingo. The app helps you learn the basics of a variety of languages before your big departure. I can say I’m 12% fluent in Dutch (You’ll understand once you use the app)
Handy: If you’re anything like me, you want to come back to a clean apartment. So booking a handy for the day before you get home helps eliminate that overdue milk smell.
Now that we went through those - here are the essentials that you probably already know -
Uber (and UberEats): The traveling must. Just make sure you look up their rules online. In foreign countries (Cough LONDON AIRPORT cough) sometimes this is blocked at the main section of the airports but drivers can get around the rule by grabbing you in a specific parking lot. Also, if you are craving delivery service, a lot of foreign countries are now using UberEats to deliver food. Just another way Uber is slowly taking over our lives.
Fly Delta: This is really in regards to any airlines app but it’s also a must have. I am a delta lover, because unlike other airlines, your miles never expire.
AirBnB + Booking.com: If I’m not traveling for work I swear by both of these apps. Airbnb because you can feel like home no matter where you go and can book some really rad pads. Booking.com is great for last minute trips or trips you are still figuring out. For instance, this summer I decided to go to Mallorca and Ibiza for two weeks but wasn’t sure how I was going to split my days between the two islands. I probably changed my hotel reservations about 6-7 times but there was no fee because booking.com is awesome. So thanks booking.com for helping this indecisive girl figure her shit out without a big price tag.
WhatsApp: When you’re traveling abroad and want to make sure your texts go through to everyone, use Whatsapp. There is none of that “OH I didn’t receive your message” crap. Depending on their settings you can tell if it delivered and if they have read it.
Spotify: The only way to listen to music, lets be real. My playlist coming soon.